With swelter-season approaching faster than anyone really expected, we’re pretty on board with the summery new offerings at this quintessential Sydney bar.
Sydney’s Opera Bar has long been a favourite, whether you’re a local showing the city off to your mates, or just a local showing off (insta-love for that harbour view is real). Unlike a lot of the more tourist-y options lurking about in Circular Quay, Opera Bar has always been known for its stellar cocktails and for bringing together Sydney’s best local producers.
The new offerings over spring and summer carry that torch perfectly, featuring all of The Urban List’s favourite things: ridiculously fresh seafood, charcuterie, and cheese.
From the raw and cured seafood selection, we can’t get over the WA scampi ceviche, made ever more refreshing with little pearls of finger lime caviar that pop delightfully in your mouth, finished off with a moreish sprinkling of chives. The brightly coloured prawns are also a must-have. These are nothing like the watery prawns that always seem to disappoint us, instead, they’re beautifully sweet and somehow even more delicious with the black garlic mayo that accompany them.
The charcuterie and cheese platter are a beautiful reflection of what really fantastic modern Australian is becoming. Yes there’s Italian prosciutto, but these platters also highlight our own homegrown gems too, like the jabali wild boar salami from NSW, or the holy goat from VIC.
Of course, no sunset nibbles would be complete without equally picture-perfect cocktails, where Opera Bar will make any summer staycation feel totally brag-worthy. Kick back in the sunshine to share the Secret Garden, a fruity and classic summer combo of Hendrick’s, Pimm’s, lemon, strawberries, cucumber and ginger ale.
If you had a few too many cocktails (we hear you), Opera Bar’s brunches are a pretty epic way to cure any morning, featuring Rock Chick eggs, Sonoma sourdoughs and granola, or Flour & Stone croissants. The club sandwich will make many a Sydney café jealous, and the smashed avo with tender broad beans, mint and dukkha are a brilliant spring riff on a Sydney fave.
Wash it all down with a caffeine hit from Single O or the ultimate Where the Wild Things Grow superfood smoothie. The combination of strawberries and rose water is having us sing all sorts of praises.
With uninterrupted views of the harbour and an indoor bar when you need a cocktail cure for your sunburn, Opera Bar is quickly heading to the top of our summer hit list!
Image credit: Jackielyn Powell
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